Dr. Vivek Rao is the Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital where he is the Surgical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support program. Dr. Rao completed his medical and surgical training at the University of Toronto, including PhD training (’94-97) in the Surgical Scientist Training Program (SSTP) under the supervision of Dr. Richard Weisel. He then completed a fellowship in cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to performing a wide variety of cardiac surgical procedures, Dr. Rao is a recognized expert in heart failure surgery. He currently holds the Munk Chair in Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics at the Peter Munk Cardiac Center, Toronto General Hospital. In addition, he is a Senior Scientist in the Division of Experimental Therapeutics at the Toronto General Research Institute.